AFL Finals Week 2 Wrap Up

AFTER one of the most thrilling finals in recent memory closed last week we had to settle for two blowouts in week two of the AFL Finals. Both Geelong and Greater Western Sydney showcased why they finished inside the top four with the season coming to a close for Sydney and West Coast.

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In A Nutshell

  • WEEK two kicked off with the Cats and Swans clashing at the MCG on Friday night. Geelong took a narrow lead into the second quarter, but then put their foot down kicking six goals to one to take a 36 point halftime lead. It was one-way traffic from there on out with Dangerfield, Duncan and Menegola instrumental in the 59 point win, with Lance Franklin held goalless despite the late withdrawal of Tom Lonergan.

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  • IT was a similar story for the Giants with a measured performance seeing them lead from start to finish, running out 67 point winners in the end. It was a flat performance by the Eagles and the Giants wayward kicking kept West Coast in the match for longer than they should have been. It wasn’t exactly the way that Matt Priddis (30 touches, 7 tackles), Sam Mitchell (28 touches, 2 goals) and Drew Petrie (18 hitouts and a goal) wanted to end their careers, but the Stevie J led Giants deserve full credit.

The Four Points

‘Stevie J’ Lives For September
SIX goals straight is a pretty good return from a bloke who got dropped last week. Even though Giants coach Leon Cameron stated the Stevie J is no certainty for next week’s prelim, we can see right through him. Can he end his career with the fairytale ending?

Are Questions Over Buddy’s Worth Justified?
IN the Swans last three exits from September Lance Franklin has combined to kick just one goal in those games, with members of the media raising the question over his massive contract. Despite his shortcomings, Lance Franklin is a match winner when on song, so I don’t think these statements are justified. Then again he hasn’t done much to prove me right…

The Game Will Be Worse Off After The Eagles Loss
WE never like to see champions of the game leave the AFL and after the Eagles lost, three of the generations greatest have officially ended their careers. It’s not often that two Brownlow medalists are on the same team and Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell walk away as not only two of the greatest footballers of all-time, but two of the most humble characters the game has seen. Drew Petrie is no afterthought either with the 332 game veteran booting 444 goals and five times winning North Melbourne’s goalkicking award.

North Misses Out Yet Again
JOSH Kelly put pen to paper today, breaking the hearts of North Melbourne fans for the second time in as many weeks. The Roos were pushing hard to try and snare either Dustin Martin from Richmond or Kelly from the Giants with massive million dollar deals. Instead, they struck out on both and are facing the prospect of a long rebuild.

Premiership Power Rankings

1. Adelaide Crows – THE Crows deserve their top of the table rank, but will have their work cut out for them against the Cats.
2. Geelong Cats – 
MOST people (myself included) wrote off Geelong after their loss to Richmond. Never count out a champion outfit.
3. Richmond Tigers – WILL the Tigers cap off the fairytale season? It’s going to be tight, but I think they are Grand Final bound.
4. GWS Giants –
 WELL they certainly proved me wrong with a masterclass against West Coast. They can’t afford to be as wasteful with their inside 50’s against the Tigers though.

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